F. is for the fireside Smokes together
A. is all that he has given me
T. is for all the times we have had together
H. is for his heartstrings made of gold
E. is for the Eyes now growing dimmer
R. is right and Square He's been with me
Put it all to gather it spells “father”
the best friend and xallx pal a man can be
I Once had a heart
and it was true
It has left me & gone to you
now you must take care of it as I have done
for you have too & I have none
So tell me darling if you love me
it would cure my aking heart
for from sorrow it is breaking
to think we too so far apart.
James W. Martin
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